MOSCOW, April 24 (Itar-Tass) — The terminated activity of the Ideal World tour operator had an impact on about 200 tourists, but Rosgosstrakh refused to compensate for the damage, Federal Tourism Agency press secretary Oleg Moseyev told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“According to our preliminary estimates, the number of tourists affected by the terminated activity of the Ideal World tour operator is approximately 200, but the number will be updated further,” he said. “The list includes tourists, who failed to board a plane at the Moscow Domodedovo Airport and who have returned to the home country.”
It is not the question of the insurer’s liability limit, Moseyev said, noting that Rosgosstrakh denied the very fact of an insurance contract. “Rosgosstrakh called into question the contract with the Ideal World, and it would be totally senseless to discuss any compensations,” he noted.
“The Federal Tourism Agency has the original of the contract, which says the contract is valid through September 8. The insurer’s description of the contract as invalid is a problem of the Rosgosstrakh-Ideal World relationship,” Moseyev said. “If the contract is fake, as the insurer claims, we are ready to present the original to law enforcers.”
In turn, Rosgosstrakh told Itar-Tass it had no contract with the Ideal World and was not supposed to pay the compensations for that reason.
Several dozens of Russian tourists – Ideal World clients – failed to return home from their vacations abroad on Sunday, and several dozens more failed to begin their vacations.
The Moscow police department opened a criminal case against the tour operator on the fraud charges (Part 4, Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Offenses Code).
The Ideal World offered tours to Israel, Jordan, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ukraine and Belarus. It had offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Kiev.